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Highlights Gallipoli Battlefields, Roman ruins of
Ephesus, beaches of Fethiye, Mevlana Museum, Sultanhani Caravansary, North Cappadocia
Turkey Encounters small group tour
Turkey Encounters
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Explore the mystical sites of Turkey on this 15-day tour. Starting in Istanbul we travel along ancient trade routes visiting Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Fethiye before arriving in the incredible landscape of Cappadocia.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive into Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul for the start of your trip. 
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotel
Day 2 Istanbul. Old city tour
Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.  
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 3 Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour
We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale. 
OvernightCanakkale - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre.
OvernightKusadasi - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Kusadasi. Ephesus Roman ruins tour
After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis, and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.
OvernightKusadasi - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Drive to Pamukkale and Hieropolis
We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers. 
OvernightPamukkale - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Pamukkale. Drive to Fethiye
We leave Pamukkale this morning and head south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias en-route to the coastal town of Fethiye.
OvernightFethiye - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 8 Fethiye
Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye or experience one of Turkey’s highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon.
OvernightFethiye - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 9 Fethiye. Drive to Antalya via Kayakoy
We have a relaxing morning before taking a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya, visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way.
OvernightAntalya - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Perge and Aspendos
Today we tour the ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today.
OvernightAntalya - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 11 Drive to Cappadocia via konya
Travel back in time today as we follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya. We learn more about the history of this important trade route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arrivingin Konya where we include a visit to the Mevlana museum – the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.
OvernightCappadocia - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 12 Cappadocia. Full day tour
Today we set out to explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Unlike nowhere else on earth, this bizarre setting creates a fairytale view full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. Often described as the jewel of Turkey we have a full tour here to explore the subterrenean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago.  
OvernightCappadocia - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 13 Cappadocia. Ihlara Valley and Underground city
Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city. We will be shown around the subterranean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago.
OvernightCappadocia - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 14 Drive to Ankara & Istanbul
We leave early this morning and drive to Turkey’s capital Ankara to visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. An optional morning flight to Istanbul is available from Kayseri in Cappadocia.
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 15 Istanbul. Free time. Transfer to airport
The tour ends in Istanbul today, and your time is free for some last minute shopping or sightseeing until we transfer you to the airport for your departure. 
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  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Entrance fees to various sites
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above